Breaking Spring-To-Date Down into Detail

It's hard to come up with any conclusions during the spring about the progression of a football team, but now that it has been in full swing for a month, here are a couple of things we have definitely learned.

1. Wide receiver Ryan Broyles is ready to be electric in 2010—His attitude and work ethic are a lethal combination when coupled with his ability. Last year, even in midst of all the injuries and turmoil that ultimately turned into a successful 8-5 season given the circumstances, he flourished in the Sooner offense. He emerged as one of the nation's best wide outs, snagging 15 touchdowns, tied for second best in the NCAA. That was part of an 89-reception, 1,120-yard season. Broyles averaged 12.6 yards per reception, with a long of 51 yards. Don't expect anything to be much different. He will be dominant again, perhaps moreso. Broyles and the coaches have said several times this spring about his exterior motivation and wanting to emerge among the best of the best on the national stage. Look for that to happen.

2. The offensive line should be improved—Looking from a pessimistic stand point, this unit was pitiful last year. The Sooners suffered the effects of injuries and quite frankly just youthfulness, and some of that might linger into 2010. But coming from a more optimistic view, all of that youth, inexperience and adversity could pay off this time around. There is a lot of potential on the line with the current starting depth chart of tackles Donald Stephenson and Cory Brandon, guards Stephen Good and Tyler Evans and center Ben Habern. Not a lot of stock can be put in what has taken place so far in spring practice or what has been said, but from experience it should be a turn around for the big bruisers up front in 2010. Take the side of optimism because it's more likely to be the case.


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